UCLA Law Alum Nominated to Head USPTO

Andrei Iancu ’96, a lecturer at UCLA20170830 AndreiIancu School of Law and managing partner of Irell & Manella, has been nominated by President Trump to serve as Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property.

Iancu maintains a robust practice in litigation and intellectual property. At UCLA Law, he teaches an intensive seminar on patent law with fellow Irell & Manella partner Alan Heinrich.

Among countless professional successes, Iancu has secured settlements totaling more than $1.6 billion for TiVo in patent cases against EchoStar, AT&T, Verizon, Microsoft, Motorola and Cisco. He is also a sought-after speaker and published author, and has received several accolades for his work in the courtroom and beyond. In 2017, Los Angeles Business Journal named him lawyer of the year for firms with 75 to 125 attorneys, and California Lawyer magazine honored him as the intellectual property attorney of the year in 2013.

The USPTO is one of the primary federal agencies in charge of regulating intellectual property. Part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, it issues patents for inventions and trademarks for products and services.

In addition to his law degree, Iancu holds an M.S. in mechanical engineering and B.S. in aerospace engineering, both from UCLA. Before entering law school, he was an engineer at Hughes Aircraft.